Chamber music 1

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 30/06/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn how to play in small, mixed instrumental ensembles with one player per part. You will need to be at least Grade 3 standard and a confident music reader. Please click on the pink 'start your interview' button to apply for a place.


What is the course about?

Learn how to play in an ensemble with one instrumentalist per part, and develop your skills and confidence in performing with a small group.

What will we cover?

Ensemble skills:
- Understanding how the parts fit together into a musical ensemble
- listening and playing in time with others
- balance and blend in a small ensemble
- practice and rehearsal skills.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Hold your own part in a small group with some confidence
- Play in tune and in time with others in a small group
- Understand how your own part fits into the musical ensemble
- Co-operate with others in a small group to identify problems and find solutions
- Respond positively to musical critique and suggestions from your tutor and peers
- Perform in a small group with some confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You need at least three years' playing experience on your instrument, and confident music reading skills. You will be playing in small groups with a variety of instruments, and need to work co-operatively with others.
You need to able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and participate in class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration. Playing with other clarinettists in groups of 3 or more you will receive feedback both individually and as a group. You will also have the opportunity to listen to and critique other groups.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your instrument, a pencil and eraser. The tutor will provide or recommend suitable music for the varous ensembles within the class, but you are also welcome to bring along music you are interested in playing.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may continue in this course for as many terms as you wish; there will be different repertoire each term.
City Lit also offers courses for many instruments at levels from grade 3 upwards, where you can study solo technique and repertoire (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin/Viola, Cello, Piano). You may also be interested in String ensemble or Clarinet choir
When you are ready (your tutor will advise), you may wish to progress to one of City Lit's more advanced Ensembles./ You may also be interested in Music appreciation courses.

Tutor Biographies
Robert Puzey

Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. He plays with (and jointly runs) The Oberon String Quartet which provides music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at City Lit. He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio. Other playing in recent years has included concerto appearances on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. His further activity with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for string courses at City Lit and also for an amateur string orchestra in north west London, along with Saturday workshops in north London. At City Lit he teaches Violin and viola classes from beginners to advanced, Chamber music, regular intensive String Schools, and is Principal violin for Orchestra workshops.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Check your level

Course Code: ME269C

Tue, eve, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00
Concession: £109.00

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